Village News 21st April 2023

Dear All,

Coronation Mugs

Many thanks to all who have let me know their requirements for mugs.  If anyone else would like one please let me know asap – to this email address.

Shipton Moyne Coronation Mugs 2023 - King Charles Iii

St John the Baptist

This Sunday is Rogation Sunday, there will be a service at the church at 11.15am taken by the Revd. Julie Nicholson.  Please see Julie’s message below.

Next Sunday is the 5th Sunday of the month, so there will be a Benefice Evensong at Long Newton at 7pm that evening. There will be no service in Shipton Moyne that day.

The following week is the Coronation, and instead of the normal Sunday service, there will be a special service of thanksgiving and celebration at 4pm on Saturday 6th May.

A message from our Chaplain, Revd Julie Nicholson

This week we are celebrating Rogation Sunday as a family service. Rogation thanksgiving sits like a opposite bookend to Harvest in the church’s year and takes place in the weeks between Easter and Ascension.

Once upon a time, priests and villagers would go on a sort of perambulation of the boundaries of the parish more commonly known as ‘beating the bounds’. Beating the bounds is not considered very practical these days so a newer custom has developed in walking the boundary of the churchyard, stopping at various points to sing a hymn and to pray for the areas of the parish in the direction of our view. The term rogation originally comes from the Latin – rogare – to ask, and reflects the beseeching of God for protection from calamities. We continue this today by asking God to bless agriculture, industry and to nourish every endeavour that enables people to flourish.

C17th Poet George Herbert in his A Priest to the Temple, written to offer practical advice to clergy, exhorts the parish priest to be diligent in encouraging Rogation processions: “a blessing of God for the fruits of the field” and “justice in the preservation of the bounds”.

With due diligence, here is my encouragement. Why not come along and join the perambulation around the churchyard? Accompanied by our resident wandering minstrels and maybe an animal or two.

Shipton Moyne Coronation Celebration

Please find the details of the planned festivities for the Coronation below. Do please come along and bring the family.

Shipton Moyne Coronation Mugs 2023 - King Charles Iii

Small Greenhouse Looking for a Good Home

We have a very small greenhouse which used to belong to George, which is surplus to requirements.  If anyone would like to have it please get in touch. Approximate size 1.75 x 0.75m

Any more news let me know,


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